Know Cultura: Mexican and Mexican-American Murals

Posted By:  Liz Goodrich
Date Posted:  10/22/2013

MuralDeschutes Public Library is pleased to welcome Hector Hernandez for two programs at the Redmond and Sisters Libraries. During his presentations Hernandez will be discussing the role murals have played in the Mexican and Mexican-American visual art cultures. The presentations are part of the Know Cultura series and are free and open to the public.

October 26, 2013 • 4:00 p.m.
Redmond Library

October 27, 2013 • 2:00 p.m.
Sisters Library

According to Hernandez murals are an expression of public art. “This form of artistic expression goes beyond decorative purposes,” he says. “In Mexico, since pre-Columbian times, murals have been an art form that unifies architecture, sculpture and painting.” Used during the colonial period as an evangelization endeavor, after the Revolution they were commissioned by the government to illustrate the history and other social achievements of Mexico. “The mural movement has been instrumental in giving communities an art form to express their concerns, dreams, aspirations and achievements.”

Hernandez painted his first murals in Mexico City as part of a Social Anthropology study project. As part of the program Hernandez collaborated on two murals under the guidance of the Mexican master painter Arnold Belkin. Hernandez received an MFA and a BS in Social Anthropology from the University of Oregon. In addition to his own work on mural art, Mr. Hernandez has taught art history and culture of Mexico. Currently Hernandez teaches mural painting at Portland State University and Chemeketa Community College.

For more information about this or other library programs, please visit the library website at People with disabilities needing accommodations (alternative formats, seating or auxiliary aides) should contact Liz at 312-1032.

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